To believe in a religious faith is fine. To get angry when someone pokes fun at it is acceptable. To murder someone over a cartoon transcends asinine, overreaches obscene, and vaults directly to despicable. And to kill almost half of a satire magazine’s staff, then to walk over to a prostrate wounded police officer and shoot him to death, goes beyond even my rich vocabulary to condemn. This isn’t revenge for Mohammed, this isn’t Islam triumphing over Christianity, this is just one thing – cowardice that should make the heavens themselves open up and strike down the loathsome wastes of DNA that assaulted the offices of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Today, I Am Charlie Hebdo. We should all be Charlie Hebdo. And we must make sure that freedom of expression, no matter how loathsome some may find it, should continue unabated.
We owe those who perished today, nothing less. Je suis Charlie Hebdo.